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Amy B. Monahan

Julius E. Davis Professor of Law

Amy Monahan

N226 Mondale Hall
229–19th Ave. South
Minneapolis, MN 55455



Johns Hopkins University, B.A.
Duke University, J.D.

Professor Amy B. Monahan joined the Law School faculty in Fall 2009.  She teaches and writes in the areas of federal taxation and employee benefits law.  Her current research interests include employer-provided health care, health insurance regulation, and both public and private retirement plans.

Professor Monahan received her B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University in International Studies, with university and departmental honors. She received her J.D. from Duke University School of Law, where she was managing editor of the Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law. Following law school, she practiced with Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago.

She has previously taught at Notre Dame Law School and the University of Missouri School of Law. Professor Monahan served as the Chair of the American Association of Law School's Section on Employee Benefits during 2008-09, and in 2010-11 was appointed to the Institute of Medicine's Committee on the Determination of Essential Health Benefits. She was named the law school's Stanley V. Kinyon Tenured Teacher of the Year for 2010-11.


Book Chapters

The Complex Relationship between Taxes and Health Insurance, in Beyond Economic Efficiency in United States Tax Law (David A. Brennen, Karen B. Brown & Darryll K. Jones, eds., Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2013)

Journal Articles

An Affordable Care Act for Retirement Plans?, 20 Connecticut Insurance Law Journal 456 (2014)

Employers as Risks, 89 Chicago-Kent Law Review 751 (2014)

Federal Regulation of State Pension Plans: The Governmental Plan Exemption Revisited, 28 ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law 291 (2013) (with Renita K. Thukral)

Saving Small-Employer Health Insurance, 98 Iowa Law Review 1935 (2013) (with Daniel Schwarcz)

Limiting the ACA's Threats to Small Group Health Insurance Markets, 16 Risk Management and Insurance Review 25 (2013) (abridged version of Saving Small-Employer Health Insurance, 98 Iowa Law Review 1935 (2013)) (with Daniel Schwarcz)

Fairness Versus Welfare in Health Insurance Content Regulation, 2012 University of Illinois Law Review 139 (2012)

Statutes as Contracts? The "California Rule" and Its Impact on Public Pension Reform, 97 Iowa Law Review 1029 (2012)

Why Tax High-Cost Employer Health Plans?, 65 Tax Law Review 749 (2012)

On Subsidies and Mandates: A Regulatory Critique of ACA, 36 Journal of Corporation Law 781 (2011)

The ACA, the Large Group Market, and Content Regulation: What's a State To Do?, 5 Saint Louis University Journal of Health Law & Policy 83 (2011)

Will Employers Undermine Health Care Reform by Dumping Sick Employees?, 97 Virginia Law Review 125 (2011) (with Daniel Schwarcz)

Initial Thoughts on Essential Health Benefits, 2010 New York University Review of Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation 1B (2010)

Public Pension Plan Reform: The Legal Framework, 5 Education Finance and Policy 617 (2010)

Value-Based Mandated Health Benefits, 80 University of Colorado Law Review 127 (2009)

Health Insurance Risk Pooling and Social Solidarity: A Response to Professor David Hyman, 14 Connecticut Insurance Law Journal 325 (2008) (symposium)

Federalism, Federal Regulation, or Free Market? An Examination of Mandated Health Benefit Reform, 2007 University Illinois Law Review 1361 (2007)

Pay or Play Laws, ERISA Preemption, and Potential Lessons from Massachusetts, 55 University of Kansas Law Review 1203 (2007)

The Promise and Peril of Ownership Society Health Care Policy, 80 Tulane Law Review 777 (2006)

Addressing the Problem of Impatients, Impulsives and Other Imperfect Actors in 401(k) Plans, 23 Virginia Tax Review 471 (2004)

The Primacy of Democracy over Natural Law in Irish Abortion Law: An Examination of the C Case, 9 Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law 275 (1998) (note)

Other Publications

Section 125 Plans For Individual Insurance and HIPAA's Group Insurance Provisions (SHADAC, 2009) (HIPAA 125 Policy Brief) (with Mark A. Hall)

The Case for Federalizing Mandated Health Benefits, 32 Administrative & Regulatory Law News 2 (Spring 2007)


Employee Benefits
Health Law
Partnership Tax
Tax I